Category Archives: sustainability

“Race-of-our-lives” report simply unbalanced, unrealistic

The writers of this report (here) have been blinded by unrealistic or invalid assumptions. Indeed, a free-market capitalism with affordable energy and reasonable regulation is prerequisite to achieving sustainable communities. Sustainable communities and sustainability in general are simply not possible if the direction being proposed in this report is pursued.

Wind energy is not a sustainable technology

American Electric Power Co. said Friday that it is scrapping plans to develop one of the largest wind farms in the U.S., a day after the project was rejected by Texas regulators. click here

China Responds to Electric Car Green Fraud

“The revamped subsidy program that took effect Monday grants automakers 24,000 yuan ($3,780) for each electric car with the typical range of 200km to 250km per charge, down from 36,000 yuan.” click here

 

Redistribution of Wealth an Unsustainable Approach to Global Sustainability

Although an interesting conceptual approach, serious limitations of this study render it not very useful for addressing real-world problems. No one, including these researchers, has any idea of the true extent of global “planetary boundaries” nor the planetary boundaries of nations. As with virtually all sustainability studies the metrics applied are arbitrary and unvalidated. It makes for an interesting conceptual thought exercise but is not appropriate (and misleading) as a decision-making tool.
Daniel W. O’Neill, Andrew L. Fanning, William F. Lamb and Julia K. Steinberger. A good life for all within planetary boundaries. Nature Sustainability, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0021-4 
Humanity faces the challenge of how to achieve a high quality of life for over 7 billion people without destabilizing critical planetary processes. Using indicators designed to measure a ‘safe and just’ development space, we quantify the resource use associated with meeting basic human needs, and compare this to downscaled planetary boundaries for over 150 nations. We find that no country meets basic needs for its citizens at a globally sustainable level of resource use. Physical needs such as nutrition, sanitation, access to electricity and the elimination of extreme poverty could likely be met for all people without transgressing planetary boundaries. However, the universal achievement of more qualitative goals (for example, high life satisfaction) would require a level of resource use that is 2–6 times the sustainable level, based on current relationships. Strategies to improve physical and social provisioning systems, with a focus on  sufficiency and equity, have the potential to move nations towards sustainability, but the challenge remains substantial.

Politicized Sustainability

“Politicized Sustainability is the untenable, even dangerous variety. It relies on ideological assertions and theoretical models as an alternative to actual outside-our-windows reality and evidence. Like “dangerous man-made climate change,” its real purpose is gaining greater agitator and government control over people’s energy use, lives, livelihoods, liberties, and living standards. It reflects an abysmal understanding of basic energy, economic, resource extraction, manufacturing, and human rights realities.” click here

Increasing Energy Prices Undermine Infrastructure Sustainability

“Glencore and other major players in Australia’s mining and heavy industry sectors are threatening to shut mines and factories, and divert all investment elsewhere, unless Aussie energy prices fall back to internationally competitive levels.” click here